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at Naropa University 
September 15, 2010
 The
Sycamore
 Vol. II No. 2
www.thesycamore.org 
In the coming few weeks a hiring deci-sion will be made to replace the outgo-ing Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Jenevieve Glemming, who is parting ways with Naropa effective October 1st of thisyear. This moment marks the conclusionof Glemming’s invaluable career at Naro-pa. It also represents an opportunity forstudents to outline what they expect of their next dean to the parties responsiblefor hiring her replacement, Vice Presi-dent Cheryl Barbour and Dean Bob Cillo.
Surveying the specic needs of our
community, we’ve isolated the follow-ing items as must-haves for any worthy replacement: (1) extensive experience inhigher education at a University otherthan Naropa; (2) a proven track recordfor creating leadership and community building opportunities for students; (3)
signicant training in handling sensi
-tive matters related to diversity, and; (4)note-worthy experience in improving the
efciency of an administrative ofce.
Experience in Higher Education:
 
 The Student Affairs Ofce is the main
avenue of information and communica-tion between the administration and stu-dents. Students walk through the doors
of that ofce during moments of jubila
-tion and crisis. In light of this, it makes
sense for the Student Affairs Ofce to be
composed of professionals with broadexperience regarding a gamete of studentissues. Therefore it is both importantand necessary to note that no candidate
should be selected for the job of Asst.
Dean without extensive experience of di-rect interaction with university students. This experience should be accumulatedfrom a career in higher education thatdoes not include Naropa as a resume item.Our position is that Naropa needs to di- versify its human capital portfolio. Whilethere maybe value to familiarity, hiring talented professionals from beyond the walls of our school adds to the collectiveintelligence of the administration. More-over, the reality is that both our adminis-
tration and students are stied by a culture
that too frequently looks inward for talentMoreover, the reality is that both our ad-
ministration and students are stied by a
culture that too frequently looks inwardfor talent without seeking out the wealthof intelligence that exists in our greatercommunity. Our new Asst. Dean shouldhave a wealth of unique wisdom to im-part, but equally, she or he must be unfa-miliar enough to have something to learn.
 Track Record of Community Build-ing:
It is no secret that there is enormousroom for improvement at Naropa as far asstudent leadership and community-build-ing opportunities are concerned. Thus, itshould be an obvious requirement for thenew Asst. Dean to have a strong history of facilitating leadership and community enhancing opportunities for students.Practically speaking, the new Asst. Deanshould be expected to make the Student
 Affairs Ofce into a resource for those that
are seeking service-learning experiences.In a similar vein, this would also mean the Asst. Dean would work to empower thestudent government, United Naropa, tobecome an independent, democratically elected body that conducts its affairs re-moved from any administrative presence. Taken together, any addition to the Stu-
dent Affairs Ofce must come equipped
 with the experience needed to guide stu-dents toward greater individual empower-ment by way of community engagement.
Diversity Training:
Among the 23 uni-
 versity ofcials that were relieved of duty 
during this past summer was Naropa’sDiversity Advocate, Sandhya Luther. While the administration has professedits intent to move diversity into the fore-front of all aspects of the institutionthrough an “integrated diversity model,”at the present moment, there is no sin-
gle ofcial responsible for assisting stu
-dents that come from underrepresentedbackgrounds. That being said, our next Asst. Dean should be capable of re-sponding to concerns raised by studentsfrom said backgrounds, so that the cur-
rent deciency is effectively addressed.
Enhancing the Student Affairs Ofce:
  As is the case with most existing bureau-cracies, the implementation of adminis-trative innovations and improvementsare usually done in a reactionary fashion. With regards to our institution, we think it should be in the purview of the new  Asst. Dean to proactively enact changesthat result in a more streamlined Student
 Affairs Ofce. One notable example of 
a necessary improvement would be thedevelopment of a uniform disciplinary code, which would govern all of Naropa.
 Though restorative justice is touted as
one of our university’s distinguishing fea-tures, it is in reality an inadequate studentdisciplinary system for two reasons. First,it only governs Snow Lion. Secondly, itoperates in the realm of admitted cul-pability i.e., one accepts guilt before en-
tering the forum. For a student judicialsystem to be just and reliable it must – like our country’s judicial system – be
unbiased and function from an innocentuntil proven guilty vantage point. Cur-
rently, students subject to adjudication at
Naropa must look to Dean Cillo as theultimate authority. This, frankly, placestoo much power in the deanship, and isentirely inconsistent with the best prac-tices used in higher education. Therefore,our next Asst. Dean must be capable of 
designing an accountable and fair judicial
system, which models the rule of law.
 We have condence that responsible
parties are capable of wisely selecting the next Asst. Dean of Student Af-fairs. However, the items discussedabove should serve as immutable guide-lines throughout the selection process.
Selecting Jenevieve’s Replacement
Cover Art by Jillian Skalky 
Interested in joining The Sycamore’s all stu- dent staff? Want to ask questions or share  your feedback? If so, email us at: edito- rial@thesycamore.org. We would love tohear from you.
Editorial Board
 
September 15, 2010
Page 2
 The Sycamore
NEWS
Director of Colorado’s Anti-Death Penalty Movement Speaks to Naropa
 This month, The Sycamore had the opportunity to in-tThis month, The Sycamore had the opportunity to in-terview Lisa Cisneros, Executive Director of Coloradansfor Alternatives to the Death Penalty (CADP). CADP is
a non-prot organization that seeks to educate the pub
-lic about the death penalty as well as push for anti-deathpenalty legislation. This September and October, CADP has partnered
 with the non-prot Witness to Innocence in order to
bring three exonerated death row inmates to Coloradofor a speaking tour. Randy Steidl, Derek Jameson, andShabaka WaQlimi will be speaking at churches, universi-ties, and community centers across the Denver Metro,Northern Colorado, and Boulder areas. We asked Lisa about the structure and history of CADP,its ongoing work, and the death penalty’s presence inColorado.
 When and why did the organization start?
CADP started in 1997 after the execution of Gary Davis who was the only prisoner executed in Colorado in 40years. Father Jim Sunderland, an anti-death penalty activ-
ist started it because he realized that it needed to stop in
Colorado after that. It’s evolved since then but it startedout with about 30 people. Our number has grown toabout 5000 since then. Our members are criminal de-fense attorneys, clergy, and teachers. Now we’re work-ing to diversify and bring in some conservative membersand people of color. The biggest change that has happened is that we now have a coalition, which was created last August. Thename of it is CAEJ- Colorado Alliance for Effective Justice. The members of the coalition include CADP,public defenders, Catholic Churches, the ACLU, andColorado Cure, who helps inmates and their families. We’ve also recently added the Interfaith Alliance and the
NAACP, so it’s a big coalition of different organizations. The reason we did that is because we realized that we
needed a grassroots movement. Also, it makes a biggerpresence to the legislature.
 What has CADP been working on recently?
Next week, on the 19th, Randy Steidl is coming to townand he will be speaking around the Metro area and inOctober, we’re having two other exonerees coming in:Shabaka WaQlimi and Derek Jameson.Shabaka WaQlimi spent 13 years on death row in Flori-da and was released about 20 years ago. Derek Jamesonspent 20 years on death row in Ohio and he came withinan hour of his execution. While he was in prison, helost his mother, father, and most of his family becausethey all died. Derek was released 5 years ago and he re-ally wants to get out there and start talking about the
death penalty. He realizes that some people need to be in
prison, but there’s no reason to kill them. What is your estimation of when Colorado will abolish
the death penalty?
I would hope next year. We put a bill together in 2009and it came within one vote of being passed so we know that the votes are on our side. We’re working hard to
keep these votes the same but you just don’t know what’s
going to happen until the day of the vote! But I wouldguess based on what I have seen that Colorado doesn’thave a taste for it.
How do you think the death penalty affects society?
 When the death penalty reaches anybody it will affecttheir humanity. Prison guards house these guys for 20years and they become friends and then the guards have
to go kill them. I think that it affects jurors, who have
to make that decision—it affects their soul by the timethe trial and execution are over with. I know that it af-fects the defense attorneys. I think the prosecutors, the
judges… anybody that touches it- it does something tothem. I think that’s why it just needs to stop. There are
other ways for people to be punished and I don’t think that killing them is it. What would you like Coloradans and Naropa students
to know? Is there any message you would like to share?
 We would like people in Colorado to understand thatthere really is a death penalty. I was recently at the Cincode Mayo festival running a table there and I heard mostof the people that I spoke to say, “We have a death pen-
alty in Colorado?” We need to educate the public, espe
-cially in Colorado where people don’t know that they have it.
I was in Crested Bute late week and Sister Helen Prejean
 was there. She was giving her speech and she asked theaudience questions and they didn’t know that we havethree people currently on death row in Colorado. So
those are the kinds of things that need to be publicized.My message to Naropa students is that you are citizens
of the U.S and if you agree with us then you need tostep up, commit your voice, and say this must stop. Thepeople you say it to are your family, friends, your govern-
ment ofcials; let them know. Otherwise, it’s not going 
to stop. Tour dates for the exoneree tour for the months of Sep-tember and October are as follows:
September 2010 Events with Randy Steidl
1. Sunday, September 19 - 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon Glen-non Heights Mennonite Church, 11480 W. Virginia Ave.,Lakewood, CO 802262. Monday, September 20 - 7:00-9:00 p.m. Regis Univer-sity Chapel, 3333 Regis Blvd., Denver, CO 802213. Tuesday, September 21 - 7:00-9:00 p.m. Northeastern Junior College, 100 College Ave., Sterling, CO 800134. Wednesday, September 22 - 7:00 p.m. Colorado Cure,
400 Corona St. (ACLU ofce), Denver, CO 80218
5. Wednesday, September 22 - 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saint Mi-chael the Archangel Catholic Church, 19099 E. Floyd Ave., Aurora, CO 80013
October 2010 Events with Shabaka WaQlimi & Der-ek Jameson
1. Sunday, October 17 - 9:30-10:30 a.m. Parkview Con-gregational Church, 12444 E. Parkview Dr., Aurora, CO800112. Monday, October 18 - 12:00-1:30 p.m. Naropa Uni- versity, 2130 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 803013. Monday, October 18 - 7:00-8:30 p.m. Nothern Colo-rado Cure, Address TBA, Fort Collins, CO4. Tuesday, October 19 - 7:00-8:30 p.m. Regis University Chapel, 3333 Regis Blvd., Denver, CO 802215. Thursday, October 21 - 7:00-9:00 p.m. Bookery Nook,4280 Tennyson St., Denver, CO 80212
Lisa Cisneros Courtesy of Ms. Cisneros
Rebecca Koval
Staff Writer
 
Page 3
September 15, 2010
 The Sycamore
Four hours after I’d landedin Port au Prince, Haiti, I was watching Carl “Doudou” Ed-ouard frag other players in anonline game of Call of Duty athis house downtown. It wasn’tthe arrival I’d been expecting.Honestly, I wasn’t sure what toexpect. It was late July, closer toeight months after the January 12th, 7.0 earthquake that leveledmuch the city and decimated sur-rounding towns, killing severalthousands in an instant and hun-dreds more in its aftermath from
injury and disease. Yet with all
the international attention thingshad to be better by now, and by 
Doudou’s setup – a three story 
house, a nice truck, a fast com-puter with electricity and an Internet
connection to play it – maybe they were.
 After playing for a while, Carl showedme photos from his LAN parties. Over
a dozen guys piled into another room
of his house, computers and network cables everywhere, playing games. Hebegan to tell me who many of them were.
“Yeah, who’s this guy overhere?” I asked, pointing to some
-one I thought he’d overlooked.He paused and immediately I couldtell why. “He didn’t make it.” Justlike that we’d lost the comfort of the game and that weight of thatearthquake, that tragedy, was on us. Those were the moments that stayed withme. We’d be in a car, music playing, it couldbe an afternoon anywhere and then we’ddrive by a building, completely concrete,
completely attened. Public buildings,
mostly likely with customers at the time.
 What I experienced – as an outsider – 
 was that one could break away fromthe shock and the get back to normal. Just not for long. Brief periods of lev-ity frequently interrupted by the remind-
ers of not just what had happened and
 what was still happening for the thou-sands of people living in over 1,200camps still located all around the city.I got the sense Doudou was looking forthese moments as well. He worked forSolutions, a Haitian technology compa-
ny we’d identied as a viable partner to
take over the work we’d started in Janu-ary: a system for tracking requests foremergency assistance and aid via SMS.I was there as part of an independentgroup out of Tufts University who hadresponded to the earthquake within those
rst critical hours. Using Ushahidi, a web
platform able to receive, process, geo-locate and, most importantly, get these
SMS messages to rst responders on the
ground. As soon as the cell networks wereback online, so were the people, sending us requests by the thousands, everything from water and shelter to alerts of peoplestill trapped underneath the buildings.In Haiti, like many other developing countries, cell phones are the most preva-lent technology, with millionsof subscribers over only tensof thousands with radios and TV. With cell phones in thehands of even those who can-not afford much else, withmany houses lost and electric-ity unavailable, those phonesbecame the lifelines of many  who had lost everything else.Solutions had built a similartracking and processing sys-tem as well, and Doudou andI, along with their other devel-opers, sat together in the So-
lutions ofce implementing 
 what we’d learned into theirsystem. Our task was to re-build it to make sure the localresponders, the camp manag-
ers, the non-prot organiza
-tions, and even the UN weregetting our reports and doing something about it. For themost part, it was coming along.Except when they were play-ing games on their iPhones.Still not what I was expecting.
 At rst, it was frustrating.
 Trying to launch a new pro-gram, knowing how many  were in tents and that thehurricane season was already upon us. Not getting all thesupport we needed, expecting them to put in the same long hours. We took our work se-riously and, though they didmanage to get things done, we wondered how muchmore we could be doing.But those were their mo-ments: watching videos on
 YouTube, playing those
games, taking the time to havefun with the other develop-ers. Pretty soon, we came to accept it. After awhile, we began to understand it.If I learned anything from the experi-ence, it’s that the real goal in this work 
doesn’t just provide necessity. It re
-stores normalcy. The freedom to plaa silly game or watch a movie with-out the constant concern of where thenext meal is coming from or how long until they’d live under a roof again.By the end of my time in Haiti, we didmanage to have a new site, ready to launch
 – certainly thanks, in the end, a monu
-mental effort from the Solutions team.
 We’d established rst responders to ev 
-ery category of request, making sure themessages we received had somewhere togo and a group to respond. We’d changed
the SMS workow into a local call center,
providing structured data to NGOs and
creating a few jobs. We left having accom
-plished what we could, not losing sightof the important work, but also mak-ing the time to remind ourselves why we were really there and what was possible.But not leaving without afew last games with Doudou.
Rob Baker is a Naropa alumnus who gradu- ated in 2002 with degrees in Writing and Traditional Eastern Arts. He is an inde-  pendent web developer who’s worked in Haiti,
 Africa, and the Middle East for non-prots 
and humanitarian missions all over the world. More about the technology and work in Haiti is available at http://blog.ushahidi.com.
Haiti
Rob Baker
Contributing Writer
 The Technology of Ongoing Support
Courtesy of Todd Huffman
Earthquake ruined streets in downtown Port-au-Prince
Courtesy of Todd Huffman
Severely damaged capitol building in Port-au-Prince

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